A Life Full of Color

I spent my day in a cloud of color at The Color Run in Minnesota.

Instagrammed photo of the Color Run

If you think I resisted making “Purple Rain” jokes, you are mistaken.

As a social media volunteer for Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless, this meant running around with my iPhone, snapping pictures and tweeting and Facebooking and generally doing things that actually don’t look that helpful but hopefully are (awareness, you guys!).

The event itself was pretty overwhelming. About 19,000 runners, starting out all in white and eventually turning into human canvasses, ran or walked the course. A portion of their fee was already given to Open Your Heart, but quite a few made extra donations at our booth. And a few of them apologized for the money being covered in color.

That’s Minnesota nice for you.

In preparation, I spent the past week thinking of color. Favorite colors (mine, obviously, are yellow and purple – SKOL Vikings), color quotes (“When in doubt, wear red.” – Bill Blass), color songs (“Lady in Red” is welcome to leave my head anytime now. Anytime.), and color references in movies (“Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?”).  But after participating in the event, and knowing the good these donations will do – going towards the people who truly need them – there’s one song lyric I think sums it all up for me.

What good did it do?
Well hopefully for you
A world without war
A life full of color

Now, I recognize The War Was in Color is not about a war on hunger. But today was a day full of color – and a day to fight hunger.

Let’s all enjoy our lives full of color.

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The day after World Food Day and #bad2011

Yesterday was both World Food Day and Blog Action Day; probably it would have made more sense for me to write what I’m about to yesterday — but after an especially disturbing Vikings loss it seemed like a better choice to put it off and cheer myself up with Beverly Hills Cop.

Procrastination, football, and Eddie Murphy aside, I actually did make an effort to mark World Food Day: I volunteered at another special food packing session for the horn of Africa at Feed My Starving Children.  I brought along four friends who absolutely made my day by joining me, and the whole group of 103 volunteers packed enough food to feed 55 children for a year – in two hours.  That is completely amazing and I’m so proud to work with that group.

However.

Over 30,000 children have died in the past few months in the Horn of Africa, and over 13 million are in crisis.  I can’t even comprehend that kind of loss and suffering in the “read about it in the history books” kind of way — but this is happening right now.

Sorry if you find this PSA offensive, I know not everyone likes Bono. (cheap shot)

But really. F*** FAMINE.  No matter your religion, politics, or nationality, if you are a human living on this planet, you need to care about this.  And you need to get involved in whatever way you can.

I’m going to keep dragging my (wonderful, amazing) friends to Feed My Starving Children.  I’m going to keep writing about this for all six of my “fans.” And I’m also going to keep volunteering locally — we may not have a famine, but hunger is a problem in every part of the world.

Which is why I just did this.

Walk to End Hunger logo

It was a rash decision to sign up for this, and once again my memorized credit card number has come into play late in the evening, but I think it’s a good thing for once.  Besides, Thanksgiving is usually just the holiday where all of my friends and family make jokes about Tofurkey at my expense.  I’m fighting poverty and hunger on my holiday time; TRY AND TEASE ME NOW, TURKEYS.

Well.  I absolutely can’t end on that note, so let’s pretend I’m not mean to the people who love and support me and am actually more like Mother Teresa, who said:

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”